There is Power in the Names of Jesus

Lord, where are you?

Have you ever asked that question? I sure have. In fact, I cried out those words just yesterday. A relationship trial reared its head in the ugliest of manners – again – and I was left with an aching heart, bruised feelings and a deep sense of isolation… Lord, where ARE you?

Moments like that make me so very grateful for some advice given to me long ago. A dear Christian mentor handed me an ordinary, spiral bound notebook and a pen and said,

“Linda, I want you to read the Bible, and I want you to record in this notebook everything you learn about God – Who He is and what He does.”

Photo by  Ana Tavares  on  Unsplash

Photo by Ana Tavares on Unsplash

My friend was encouraging me to become intimately acquainted with my Creator. She knew that life would deal me blows like yesterday’s and that I would need a lifeline. Indeed, a line to Life Himself. It’s a truth the psalmist of chapter 148 also understood. Throughout the 14 verses of his song, he admonishes everything and everyone to praise the Name of God. From the highest of heavens to the smallest of children, he implores us to praise the Lord!

Why? Because the psalmist and my friend understood that “His majesty is above earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:13b) In other words, He is in charge.

God is Creator of All and King over all. When we lift up His Names, as described throughout His word, we learn the character of our Almighty God. As we understand His character, we realize important truths about Him. For instance, just this morning I was reminded that:

·       He is sovereign – Psalm 115:3 reminds us that “He does all that He pleases,” but we also learn

·       He works all things for the good – Romans 8:28 shows us that He doesn’t do what He pleases to suit a whim. No, in His love and grace, He works in the lives of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He is not unaware of our trials, but rather,

·       He is sympathetic – Hebrews 4:15-16 tells us that he “has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Therefore, we can “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” And we can trust that – even when we feel alone –

·       He is our Shepherd – Wherever we are on life’s pathways, Revelation 7:17 reminds us that Christ “will be (our) shepherd, and he will guide (us) to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from (our) eyes.”

Friend, at the very moment I was feeling isolated and afraid, God reminded me of these strong promises. I had His word to fall back on because years ago a sweet friend encouraged me to truly know my God. And this month, WOW is joining in that encouragement with our journal prompt. Throughout 2019, WOW and our friends are praying through our pens by journaling prayers from the Psalms. In March, we are journaling our praise to God as described in Psalm 148:13:

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven.”

Healer, Provider, Deliverer, Savior. The Lord our God has given Himself many names. Won’t you join us this month in focusing on those names? Then, praise Him for Who He is and for what He does. Over time, none of us will need to ask, “Lord, where are You?” He will show us through His word.

-- Linda R. Maynard © February 2019